The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network serves as a collaboration platform for doctoral education combining all the relevant subfields of computer science and information technology at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. It involves at present 65 professors and almost 300 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year.
The quality of research and education in both HICT universities is world-class, but the education is still practically free as there are no tuition fees in the Finnish university system. Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011), and is the capital city of Finland, which is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013), and has been selected as the world’s best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010).
The activities of HICT are structured along five research area specific tracks:
- Algorithms and machine learning
- Life science informatics
- Networks, networked systems and services
- Software and service engineering and systems
- User centered and creative technologies
The activities of HICT are coordinated by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, a joint research institute of Aalto and University of Helsinki, and the participating university departments are:
- Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki (UH/CS)
Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science (Aalto/CS).
This new department established in 2015 comprises three former Aalto departments.
- Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto/COMNET)
- Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto/SPA)